This guest blog post comes to us from our very own Miguel Zamora, the Director of Coffee Innovation and Producer Relations at Fair Trade USA. Miguel is focused on creating opportunities between buyers and coffee-growing communities around the world. In this post, Miguel interviews a farm worker from Colombia, highlighting Eliovar's experience at the Specialty Coffee Association of America last April.
Heifer International's work to fight seasonal hunger and poverty goes hand-in-hand with Fair Trade
You'll find a lot of content on this blog highlighting the many benefits that Fair Trade brings to farming communities: From improved business relationships and democratic process, to additional income to invest in much-needed development projects. However, Fair Trade is not the only solution to alleviating poverty. Fair Trade often works best when combined with efforts from other organizations with similar missions. And, the democratic structure fostered by Fair Trade standards makes these communities ideal beneficiaries for additional support.
October is Fair Trade Month, a time to celebrate the 1.3 million farmers and workers around the world who grow and sew the Fair Trade products we love. It’s also a time to celebrate the NGOs and brands working day-in and day-out to help farming communities build better businesses, and better lives. That’s why we’re proud to announce our partnership with nonprofit organization Kiva.
Join the movement, win prizes & tweet for Fair Trade at 10/15 at 5PM PT
Do you believe in fairness? At a young age we learn not to cut in line, to turn off the light when leaving a room, to share. So why not extend that same fairness to the farmers and workers who produce the quality goods we love so much by buying Fair Trade Certified products?
Coffee Imports Up 18%; Cooperatives and Pilot Farms Benefit
Results are in for the first year of Fair Trade USA’s Coffee Innovation Program. We’re pleased to report that imports of Fair Trade Certified coffee increased 18% across the board in 2012, benefiting both new and existing Fair Trade farming communities.